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HISTORYHERO Posts: 141
7/11/12 11:25 P

Hey! Last night I had some vodka and cranberry juice. I was drinking that when I got slightly dizzy but I thought that was because I don't drink often. I didn't get crazy dizzy until like 4 in the morning. So, I guess I'll have to look out for alcohol now :(
I've done tons of research on this but I guess I still have a lot more to do.
Thanks :)

APPLES81 Posts: 39
7/11/12 9:19 P

Hi HH - ugh, that sounds horrible! I very rarely drink orange juice, but when I do it doesn't bother me. But it could very well be a trigger for you. I've read that citrus can be a trigger. My biggest triggers have to do with upsetting my routine (not enough or too much sleep, skipping meals), squinting, and very strong smells. Food wise, my triggers are alcohol and cold food, like ice cream and Popsicles. The brain-freeze headache always turns into a migraine. I don drink anymore because I'd always get a migraine. (I did drink wine in Italy, how could you not?!)I'm so sorry you get them...no one gets it...it's not just a bad headache!!!!!! A bad headache doesn't consist of jackhammers taking up residence in your forehead, vomiting, and dizziness! Let me know if you have any more questions or if you want to swap stories! :)

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7/11/12 7:59 P

Mjy migraines tend to cluster over several days and then I get a bit of a break. Exercise and clean eating, plenty of sleep and staying well hydrated seem to be my most successful weapons. Good luck!

HISTORYHERO Posts: 141
7/11/12 7:42 P

I've been having them since I was 5 as well but no doctor knew it because I don't actually get a headache, just the symptoms, which I guess is kind of common for children (http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/884
136-overview#aw2aab6b2). I was mostly world-spinning dizzy and stomach sick, but no headache. Last year I went on a diet and I was feeling great, one day I fell off the wagon and ate a whole bunch of pizza, the next day I was really dizzy, more than I have been in years and it lasted for days. So thats when I first realized that it could be food related. I told my pcp last February and he sent me to a neurologist and she said she thought I was having migraines which makes a lot of sense to me. Since then I've been trying to figure out what my triggers are, thankfully I don't really like sausage. I agree that it probably has something to do with nitrates but I figure it might be more complex. It's kind of frustrating and its already taken me 20 years to figure out as little as I know now.

Apples81, does orange juice do anything to you? Unless I have a small amout, it bothers me.

Thanks for your comments, they really help me
HH

Edited by: HISTORYHERO at: 7/11/2012 (19:46)
APPLES81 Posts: 39
7/11/12 7:24 P

I have been suffering from migraines since I was 5. I am now 30 and they aren't letting up. We are trying to get pregnant so am not taking any meds. They're terrible...I wake up with one at least 4x a week. I was in Europe for two weeks in April for work and I didn't get one headache. Not ONE. My normal triggers didn't affect me there (I.e. sleep pattern way off, chocolate, red wine, cheese, feather pillows that don't support my head...) and I attribute it to eating fresh food that isn't loaded with preservatives and isn't processed. They don't gunk their food with that stuff like we do over here in the US. The first morning back te the US, I woke up with a headache. I definitely agree with you. Good luck.



APPLES81 Posts: 39
7/11/12 7:22 P

I have been suffering from migraines since I was 5. I am now 30 and they aren't letting up. We are trying to get pregnant so am not taking any meds. They're terrible...I wake up with one at least 4x a week. I was in Europe for two weeks in April for work and I didn't get one headache. Not ONE. My normal triggers didn't affect me there (I.e. sleep pattern way off, chocolate, red wine, cheese, feather pillows that don't support my head...) and I attribute it to eating fresh food that isn't loaded with preservatives and isn't processed. They don't gunk their food with that stuff like we do over here in the US. The first morning back te the US, I woke up with a headache. I definitely agree with you. Good luck.



ANARIE Posts: 12,436
7/11/12 7:06 P

Have you told the doctors which foods are doing this? You are very lucky, because there's almost certainly ONE ingredient that's causing your migraines. It's probably something with nitrate or nitrite in the name. Try to find labels and/or ingredient lists for each thing that gave you a migraine, and you can probably find an ingredient that is in each of them. It's not sodium; it's the special salts they use in processed meats to keep them from turning bad colors as they age. It's a really, really common cause of migraines, and I'm surprised the doctors didn't already figure it out.

HISTORYHERO Posts: 141
7/11/12 6:38 P

I see your point and you're right. I do feel a lot better when I avoid processed stuff and I'm fine. I'm not bothered by a regular boiled egg or baked/seared/boiled chicken. Sometimes I go to extremes... Although I would like to reduce the amount of meat I eat.
Thanks, I appreciate your advice.
HH

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,614
7/11/12 3:03 P

While it is fine to go to a plant based diet for your protein, I doubt that it is necessary.
Every meat item that has brought about a reaction has been highly processed and/or seasoned.

The big question is how you feel on animal based protein with no additional additives, etc: a plain egg, a plain chicken breast, a plain pork loin chop, a plain hamburger, etc. These are greatly different than the ham, bacon, sausages, hot dogs, buffalo chicken, etc---that are bothering you.

SP Dietitian Becky

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 7/11/2012 (15:04)
HISTORYHERO Posts: 141
7/11/12 1:49 P

Iíve recently been diagnosed with migraines, although Iíve been getting them since I was a child. I havenít had any in the last few months because Iíve been watching what I eat and not eating as much processed food. I knew that foods high in sodium give me migraine so I cut out certain things, like sausage, pepperoni and bacon, not completely cut out, just cut back A LOT.

Well, a few weeks ago a friend made me dinner, a main ingredient was kielbasa. I got so sick that night. I took the meds my doctor gave me and I felt so much better. The next day I felt fine. Well yesterday for lunch I had a sandwich with lunchmeat on it for the first time in months and then had a very salty buffalo chicken sandwich from a restaurant for dinner (cheat day). I woke up at 4am with the worst migraine Iíve had in years! I took the meds and laid in bed for two hours and then fell asleep. I feel much better now, just really tired.

I know that for some people, migraine meds stop working. I donít want that to happen, so I want to fight with my diet first. I was thinking about giving up the processed stuff and meat and dairy (1 month ago I would NEVER think I would say that!). So Iím looking for advice on a whole-food, plant based diet. Has anyone here made the jump over to that? How do I do it? How do I make sure I get all my nutrients? Iím especially lost on what to have for breakfast as I usually have an egg.

Thank you for taking time to read this and for any suggestions you have.
HH


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